Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Director of Outreach, Recruitment, & Retention, R. D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling
Contact InformationDr. Raquell Holmes
University of Connecticut Health Center
Center for Cell Analysis & Modeling
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6406
Fax: 860- 679-1039
Research InterestsComputational Cell Biology is the increasingly recognized area of research that uses computational approaches to address basic research questions regarding cellular processes. This emerging field is in need of teaching materials that can be used by educators to introduce new concepts and skills to undergraduate biology students.
My interests focus on developing mechanisms by which cellular, developmental biologists can adopt, adapt and exploit computational resources to advance their understanding of their biological system of interest. I focus on the utilization of publicly available simulation tools such as Virtual Cell to understand biological systems at the cellular level. I conduct workshops, short courses and create training materials to help researchers, educators and students develop the understanding and skills necessary to use modeling, simulation and visualization tools. Educational resources I have developed and contribute to include: Computational Cell Biology: Modeling for the Cell Biologist, CCAM Educational Resources, and the CompCellBio web.
Cultural approaches to learning and human development inform all of my work. I have particular focus on performance, improvisational discourse and improvisational theater as ways for scientists to create developmental, collaborative environments. The National Science Foundation funded Improvisational Theater for Computing Scientists is a pilot project designed to evaluate use of the performance art of improvisation to develop the creative capacity of individuals and groups in science education and research in the emerging field of computational biology. Performers in improvisational theatre are explicitly trained to develop exploratory environments and their ability for experimentation and risk taking. Can training in improvisational theatre provide scientists and science students with the ability to generate new inquiry spaces for their research?